Working as a full-time artist in Glasgow, whilst exhibiting in galleries in the UK and Japan, is a result of being motivated creatively. My creative inspiration finds roots in Hamilton College's art department.

Blair Thomson
Class of 1998

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Higher Classical Studies

COURSE OUTLINE

 There are two units of study, Classical Drama (40 hours) and Religion and Belief (80 hours)

Classical Drama

 Three texts are studied: Euripides'   "Medea";   Sophocles'  "Antigone";   and Aristophanes'  "Lysistrata".

 The following kinds of social issues are raised: the individual and authority; gender conflict and the role of women; the generation gap; nationalism and anti-nationalism.

Religion and Belief

 This topic involves the study of religion and belief in Athens in the 5th Century B. C. and Rome in the 1st Centuries B. C. and A. D. This includes: omens and oracles, state religion and festivals, domestic religion, the afterlife, birth, marriage and death. 

METHODOLOGY

 Drama, mythology, literature, archaeology and epigraphy are employed to: 

  • raise awareness of social and gender issues
  • make comparisons between the ancient societies, and with modern society
  • evaluate sources for their reliability
  • communicate conclusions
  • Better understand shared European culture and heritage 

HOMEWORK

 Various tasks are set on a regular basis: 

  • reading in advance of study and discussion
  • learning of factual information
  • answering written extract questions and essay writing. 

ASSESSMENT

 External - One exam paper, 3 hours, worth 100 marks.

Students must answer four questions on extracts. These test their knowledge and understanding via a selection of primary and secondary sources. Students must also answer three essay questions, one on Classical Drama and two on Religion and Belief (from a total choice of 8 questions).

 Internal - There are two assessments, each 1 hour and worth 30 marks.

  • Drama: Context questions and essay.
  • Religion and Belief: Extract analysis questions and essay on source reliability.